The Death Of The Trenches

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Children are often considered carefree and innocent, which is the reason behind their state of happiness. They rarely cross paths with conflict from the outside world, but what happens when they become men and are sent off to fight in the war? Otto Dix’s visual representation along with the poems, “Suicide in the Trenches” by Siegfried Sassoon, “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owens, and “Blessed Are” by Charles Peguy all capture the horrors and distress caused by World War 1. When it came time to enlist in the war, young men were ecstatic about becoming heroes by the act of serving their country. Although, in reality these men did not know the consequences that came with their life changing decision to go into combat. Sassoon’s “Suicide in the Trenches” exposes the psychological issues that overwhelmed one soldier in particular, but as the reader, it is clear that the feelings described belong to any soldier that ever felt the wrath of the war. The first stanza paints a picture of a soldier who knows nothing of death or destruction. Line number three, specifically, reads “slept soundly through the lonesome dark” (Suicide in the Trenches). This shows that prior to the war, this soldier felt comfortable and safe within the walls of his home and most importantly, he felt safe within himself. The last mention of him is in the second stanza where it is revealed that he committed suicide. The last stanza could resemble a call of action. The narrator calls the civilians
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